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Multi-million pound urban regeneration project

The site at Science Central where the Urban Sciences Building will be located. Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

Work on a state-of-the-art "intelligent" building in Newcastle is nearing completion.

The Urban Sciences Building, part of a £350 million redevelopment project, is scheduled to be finished in August 2017.

The building on Science Central will be the new home for the University’s School of Computing Science and its 1,395 staff and students.

It is the second of the University’s buildings to be completed on the site following the opening of The Key building in 2015.

The building will pioneer new materials, engineering and digital infrastructure technology to create a "living laboratory" which will improve future understanding of sustainability and efficiency.

It will form part of the Science Central development, built on the former site of the Newcastle Breweries.

The Key at Newcastle University was the first building to be built on the site. Credit: Newcastle University

It will be home to Newcastle University's School of Computer Science, as well as housing the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, National Innovation Centres for Ageing and Data, UK Clinical integrated infrastructure labs and urban observatory.

The £350m urban regeneration project is the largest of its kind in the UK.

Here is a break down of how much is being spent on each part of the project.

£350m
The total cost of the Science Central development.
£40m
is to be spent of building the new National Innovation Centre for Ageing.
£30m
A multi-million National Innovation Centre for Data department is also part of the plans.
£20m
Spent on the development of a new National Centre for Energy Systems Integration
£11.2m
Spent on UKCRIC integrated infrastructure labs and an urban observatory.

Professor John Fitzgerald is leading the Urban Sciences Building project:

Practically every new product has computing in it, and almost every aspect of our lives depends on digital technology.That’s why it makes sense to bring expertise in computing and software right alongside other disciplines.

Such as energy, infrastructure, sustainability and work together to drive outstanding new research, innovation, and new businesses in these key areas that really make a difference to the quality of life in the 21st Century.

The North East deserves to have world-class computer science going on at its heart.

Nowhere in the world is anyone doing what we’re doing here in Newcastle and it’s incredibly exciting.

– Professor John Fitzgerald